LOGANVILLE -- Grayson cruised to its second straight undefeated regular season Friday night, scoring touchdowns on all four first half possessions and two more on defense to crush visiting Central Gwinnett 42-3. The No. 1 ranked Rams will host a first-round Class AAAAA playoff game at home against Marietta on Friday.
"That's three years in a row that we've won 10 games or more," said Grayson head coach Mickey Conn. "We have a great group of seniors. That says a lot about our kids and about our assistant coaches."
The game was settled early, with Grayson (10-0, 8-0) scoring 21 points in less than six minutes. They needed only seven plays to go 63 yards on the game's opening drive, with Devin Gillespie running around the left end from six yards out. Gillespie's run was set up by a 39-yard pass from quarterback Patrick Santry to Garrett Horne.
"Central put eight and nine men in the box early, so I was happy with the way Patrick threw the ball," Conn said.
Grayson's defense scored next, with linebacker Anthony Shakir scooping up a fumble and rumbling 28 yards for the TD after Central's Malcolm Thompson's attempted screen pass was ruled a lateral behind the line of scrimmage.
Central (2-8, 2-6) went three-and-out on its next possession, but Grayson needed only six plays to drive 53 yards for its next TD, with Ean Pemberton breaking off a 40-yard run for the score.
In the second quarter, the Black Knights put together their best drive of the game, moving methodically from their 30 to the Rams' 5, highlighted by a 20-yard toss from Thompson to Curtis Davis. But the 13-play drive stalled and Central settled for a 22-yard field goal by Charlie DeLoatche.
Grayson iced the game with two more TDs just before the half. The first came on a 15-yard pass from Santry to Corey Hale, capping a 68-yard drive. Moments later, Central's Thompson fumbled a snap and it was recovered by Grayson's Robert Nkemdiche at the Black Knights' 10, leading to a 1-yard TD sneak by Santry with only 36 seconds left in the half.
Pemberton led all rushers with 121 yards on 12 carries while Saylor completed 2 of 3 passes for 50 yards.
Vincent Hanyor topped all Central rushers with 44 yards on 12 carries.